xtc My granny had one as a child (spider money I think) but they can get very vicious when the children grow up into teens as the feel their place in the hierarchy is being challenge. My grannies monkey was given to an old sailor after it kept attacking her older sister with potatoes.
I'm really looking forward to this! I always wanted a real monkey when I was a little girl (had a toy one - still have it actually, but don't play with it any more). I assumed it was the stirrings of my maternal instinct & don't think this is any stranger than the weird, weird, dolly baby thing.